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At Winter's End by [Silverberg, Robert]
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"No matter if Silverberg is dealing with material that is practically straight fiction, or going way into the future . . . his is the hand of a master of his craft and imagination." --"Los Angeles Times" "This solid, dramatic novel expands on a favorite motif of Silverberg's: the mixed terrors and pleasures of freedom, of going out into the wider world without guide, map or a sure sense of one's own capabilities." --"Publishers Weekly" "Outstanding in every respect." --"Science Fiction Chronicle"

No matter if Silverberg is dealing with material that is practically straight fiction, or going way into the future . . . his is the hand of a master of his craft and imagination. "Los Angeles Times" This solid, dramatic novel expands on a favorite motif of Silverberg s: the mixed terrors and pleasures of freedom, of going out into the wider world without guide, map or a sure sense of one s own capabilities. "Publishers Weekly" Outstanding in every respect. "Science Fiction Chronicle""

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Robert Silverberg is one of science fiction s most beloved writers, and the author of such contemporary classics as "Dying Inside," " Downward to the Earth, " and "Lord Valentine s Castle." He is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of five Nebula Awards and five Hugo Awards. In 2004 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America presented him with the Grand Master Award. Silverberg is one of twenty-nine writers to have received that distinction."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1263 KB
  • Print Length: 491 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OAIA30
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241,295 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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At Winters End is one of those works that seems to stick in your mind, one of those stories that seems to be a folk tale legend or a story a part of our culture. The story revolves around a tribe of The People, locked in underground caves for thousands of years to survive a disaster and hesitantly emerging into the new and much changed landscape. The story traces this journey and the personal journeys of several characters, Silverberg connecting us to them well and fleshing out a diorama of tribal interactions that leaves us loving, loathing but never emotionless abut the players. Hresh, Harruel and Koshmar being such different personalities, they are all very pivotal and bring us on the journey with them. Overall a great book that becomes a tale of heroism for a humble folk in their journey to find a place in the world.
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This was my first Robert Silverberg Book and all i can say it wont be my last. I found the characters,scenes and storyline wonderfully refreshing. Follow Hresh through his life as a chronicler for his tribe and the wonderous and dangerous journey they need to make. Love,war and many other classic ingredients make this book a master peice in science fiction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it much more than I had initially expected. 28 Nov. 2009
By frumiousb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One my pet peeves (& yes, I am peevish) in a science fiction novel is when the book prefaces itself with a quotation from some kind of prophecy/historic text written from the future/news article which delivers the backstory that the reader is going to need to enjoy the book. It can be used well as a device-- mostly when it delivers atmosphere instead of information. But to my mind it generally represents sloppy plotting or an overly intrusive editor.

Anyhow. At Winter's End begins with just such a preface, and it put me in the mind to be irritated. Also, while Silverberg is one of my long-term favorite authors in the genre, I'm well aware that his work can often be uneven. There were also a couple of seemingly predictable elements in the first part of the book-- tribes, rules, long history, dream dreamers-- bla bla bla. So I was kind of expecting not to like the book very much.

But, you know, in the end I did. It grew on me by moments, until by the end I really had a difficult time to put it down. It starts off in one very typical way, and seems to end up as something else again. Silverberg doesn't give himself an easy way out-- no easy quests, no Great Lord of Darkness to slay. It becomes a little book about being human and about starting again. The world building is very good, and I liked it very much.

I noticed with amusement that many of the reviewers of this book had exactly the opposite journey. They were very happy with the beginning when they thought it would be a more typical book, but became annoyed when it started to meander and became more philosophical. Consider both points of view if weighing this as a purchase.
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somehow I wanted more from this 1 Oct. 2005
By Eric San Juan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I feel like this took me forever to get through, despite breezing through the first 200 pages within 24 hours of cracking the cover.

The last 150, on the other hand, took me five or six days to get through.

I slammed through the early portions of this thanks to the really interesting premise: The Earth is struck by comets and plunged into a long ice age. The story picks up at the end of that era. A small group of "people", sheltered for thousands of years, exit their shelter at the end of the ice age to create a new world.

Sounds great, but things really ground to a halt about 200 pages in. Is this a soap opera? A philosophical exploration? A "lost civilization" story? An adventure? The book is not sure. Had it chosen its course and stayed there, I would have loved the ride. Instead, I found myself wanting more from this book.

Silverberg's premise is good enough, but the story didn't feel as if it actually went anywhere. Excellent and well done characters, good world-building, but no sense of urgency or movement to the story. Silverberg plays with some philosophical concepts, but he just doesn't do it very well. And the end was very anti-climactic and unsatisfactory. After reading several good Silverberg's, he may have just handed me my first dud (or semi-dud; the writing was very strong) in a long streak of pretty enjoyable books.

I wanted to like this. I really did. The characters and concepts were simply brilliant; the world building fantastic. But in the end it was just, "eh."
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At Winter's End 4 Nov. 2006
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Format: Paperback
At Winter's End, by Robert Silverberg, is a science fiction story about a tribe of apelike, but intelligent beings, who call themselves humans. After seven hundred thousand years, they leave the cocoon that their ancestors built in the depths of a vast mountainside for shelter from the great death stars and freezing winter. Their leader, Koshmar, leads them on a dangerous journey to a city called Vengiboneeza. While they are there, they discover many objects and clues to the past. They eventually follow, when ten of their tribe, led by the warrior Harruel, decide it is their destiny to start their own city. This is the beginning of a new life in a new place.

The main characters of this book are Koshmar, the chief, Hresh, the young chronicler, Toryli, the offering woman, and the warriors, Harruel and Konya. Koshmar is a kind but stern leader who is adamant about leaving the cocoon when the time is correct. She leads them to Vengiboneeza. Hresh, a boy of nine years, becomes chronicler after the preceding old man, Thaggoran, died from a wolf attack. Toryli is the kind woman who gave the daily offering to the outside world back in the cocoon, and is like a mother to the growing tribe. She provides warmth and love to all who are in need. The warriors, Harruel and Konya aren't the only warriors, but they take part in most of the scenes. Harruel is a burly, massive, towering man who eventually turns away from the tribe with ten others to start his own city. His ferocious fighting spirt makes him the head of the warriors. Konya is Harruel's friend, and follows Harruel when he leads the tribe away. Unlike him, he has a lean, but strong figure, and has earned second rank in power.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure, and a little mystery and science fiction. It sets forth thought-provoking ideas, such as a second sight, gods, and contacting the spirit realm, to enhance the experience and make this book a must read for all adventure and science fiction lovers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Muse On The Meaning Of Being Human 19 May 2013
By Eoghann Irving - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Originally published back in the 80s, At Winter's End, the first part in the New Spring time series of two books is getting a re-relase. And if you haven't read it you probably should now.

The book is classified as science fiction which will probably get those who worry about such things all tied in knots. It's certainly not hard SF and you could arguably call it fantasy since it does not worry about the science behind what is happening. Which is fine with me, because that's not what the book is about.

Silverberg uses his story which focuses on a tribe coming out of a 700 millennia long seclusion (as the result of meteors striking the planet and creating a long winter) and their attempt to both adapt to a new world establish a civilization as an opportunity to muse on what it actually means to be human.

The People as the tribe call themselves believe that they are human. This is what the chronicles tell them after all. Yet they do not look like humans and no one else they meet will acknowledge them as human. What are they then? The answer to that is what essentially concludes this story.

Of course while there are other things going on in the mean time. The tribe explores the new world and is faced with many challenges. The very social structure which they have become accustomed to is thrown in to chaos. They have moved from a world which requires that everything remain in stasis to a world which requires growth and change.

Over a period of years we watch these characters attempt to deal with the challenges they face. They are at turns selfish, brutal, clever and well meaning. The characters certainly feel human regardless of their race.

I found the story compelling and on at least one occasion found myself reading late into the night, reluctant to stop at any point, desperate to know more.

We only get to explore a tiny portion of this vast world, but the little bit we get both of geography and culture is fascinating. The new races do feel a little dated now and wouldn't pass for a sophisticated modern alien but they serve their purpose in the story effectively.

I can't quite call this a classic and I still consider Lord Valentine's Castle my favorite Silverberg book, but I'm giving this one a strong recommendation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "epic science fiction worldbuilding" 30 Oct. 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I ,ve heard of Robert silverberg before and I knew him to be one of the genres grandmasters ,but this novel was truly astounding with all the scope and vision of Frank Herberts Dune,this is an amazing work of science fiction
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